‘Common heating myths’ that could be raising your energy bills – avoid for huge savings

According to the expert, there are some “common heating myths” which need to be debunked in order to keep the home efficient.

1. Cranking up the thermostat heats the home faster

Llewellyn Kinch from MakeMyHouseGreen.com, said: “For most systems, this only sets the final temperature higher and risks you overheating your home.

“Since these systems work at a constant rate, you can do nothing to make the process faster.”

This means Britons should only set the thermostat to the desired temperature.

2. It’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day than to turn it off

The pro explained: “Modern heating systems reach the desired temperature quickly, so there’s no need to leave your heating on all day. Doing this can lead to excess energy usage and overheating your home.

“Programmable thermostats and smart home systems can optimise heating usage, allowing you to set a schedule for when your heating goes on and off and therefore reducing your overall energy consumption. 

“There may be some exceptions such as heat pumps that work more continuously.”

3. Electric heaters are more energy efficient than central heating

Electric heaters are great for heating small spaces that need additional warmth, however, they can be expensive if they are the only heat source.

Central heating systems are designed to heat entire spaces more evenly and efficiently, so utilising this with a thermostat is the more cost-effective option for heating the home.

4. Heat is lost through windows and doors

Llewellyn continued: “Whilst heat can be lost this way, other culprits include poor insulation, unsealed gaps, and insufficient weather stripping. 

“You should therefore address all of these areas when seeking to make energy- and heat-saving home improvements.”

5. Upgrading heating is too expensive

Initial high costs of upgrading a heating system are often justified by the long-term savings made on bills.

The expert noted: “Newer systems operate more efficiently and use less energy, greatly reducing utility bills. 

“Many newer systems also feature programmable thermostats and better air filtration, both of which increase the efficiency of your central heating system.”

6. Solar energy doesn’t work in winter

According to the pro, solar panels are still a great source of energy in winter to help offset the energy demands of the home.

While there is generally less sun during the shorter days, the cold weather can actually help the panels operate more efficiently.

The expert added: “One way to counter any dip in performance is by adding optimisers to your solar system. These devices help in maintaining a more consistent energy output, even when the skies are overcast.

“Now these misapprehensions have been debunked, you’ll be able to enjoy a cosy home, all without worries over your heating bill.”

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